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              White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House won’t prod Senate to pass budget

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

In 2014, the Democratic majority will again be under pressure, partly because several Democratic senators from stats won by Gov. Mitt Romney are up for election.

Since 2011, Obama has loudly decried the frequent financial crises scheduled by himself and his fellow Democrats.

“That’s not a credible way to run this government,” he said during a Jan. 16 press conference.  “We’ve got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis, when there’s this clear path ahead of us that simply requires some discipline, some responsibility and some compromise,” he said, adding “that’s where we need to go.  That’s how this needs to work.”

However, Carney declined on Tuesday to urge fellow Democrats to draft a budget.

“Democratic leaders have addressed this question and have said that they intend to move forward with a budget … the president has been very clear about his budget priorities.  He has put forward specific and detailed budgets.  He has engaged with Republican leaders to try to achieve bipartisan compromise resolutions that reduce our deficit in a balanced and fair way, and he will continue to do that.”

“I would point you to what the Senate said — Senate leaders have said about their intentions,” Carney said, without suggesting that Senate Democrats should pass a budget.

Since 2009, the federal debt has grown by almost $6 trillion, or roughly $20,000 for every American, because of massive deficit spending pushed by Obama and his Democratic allies in the House and Senate. During that period, unemployment has nudged upwards, and wages have remained flat.